Robin Hood Airport new route postponed

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A NEW route which was due to take off from Doncaster Sheffield Robin Hood Airport next month has been postponed until next year.

Flights from Doncaster to Amsterdam, a popular destination for short-break travellers and business users, were scheduled to start on Monday, September 5.

But delivery of the aircraft due to be used for the new service by HiAir has been delayed.

Flights were previously advertised for Monday to Friday, one each way, but bookings will now be taken for next Spring.

Robin Hood bosses said today they were disappointed about the postponement.

Ben King, co-director of HiAir Ltd, said: “Regrettably we have had to postpone the launch of our trial flights from Doncaster to Amsterdam until Spring 2012.

“The service was due to launch on September 5.

“However our designated aircraft has experienced a delay in its delivery.

“As this issue is beyond our control, we have been forced to move the launch to next spring.

“Our sincere apologies go out to any customers who are inconvenienced by this delay.

“However we are confident that we can get this right and do not want to compromise on the high quality service we aspire to deliver. We aim to provide the people of South Yorkshire with a gateway to a key European airport.

“Amsterdam is a destination that businesses in particular are keen to see served from the airport, as the market has demonstrated.

“Our thanks go to customers for their understanding in this matter and we know that we will be able to provide the service they are looking for in 2012.”

Chris Harcombe, aviation development manager for the airport said: “We are disappointed these flights will not take place during the Autumn but will be working closely with HiAir to work towards a spring launch.”